HOLA, Kenya, 15 April – The municipality of Hola, with the support of the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat), is developing its local land and physical development plan.
Speaking at a stakeholder engagement in Hola Tana River County, Secretary Joshua Jara said the land use plan will specify what can be done and what cannot be done. It will consist of a land use survey and the designation of public, residential and commercial areas.
The county secretary said that Tana River is sparsely populated and does not meet the threshold of a municipality, but there is a law that all head offices in the county are given municipal status. “The municipality of Hola has not reached the threshold of 250,000 people,” he said.
Hola municipality covers a total radius of 30 kilometers of land from Kalkacha at the junction of Hola – Garissa road to Wenje division in the south and bordering with Bura sub-county in the north.
The county clerk challenged residents to come up with land-use ideas which he described as developing the municipality as an opportunity to create prosperity for future generations.
He said, “The overarching goal is to improve people’s livelihoods through development. Currently, there are no access roads to most areas of Hola. The county government has established playgrounds in Mikunduni, Chewani and Lenda.
Tana River Land and Agriculture CECM Mwanajuma Mabuke said stakeholder deliberations will lead to the development of an Integrated Urban Spatial Development Plan of Hola Municipality which will feed into the County Spatial Plan.
She said the percentage of land ownership with title is five percent, mostly ranches and there is a rush for Tana land under the guise of setting up factories or farming by people. unscrupulous land grabbers posing as investors, but they were unable to convince the county. administration how residents will benefit.
As part of the urbanization efforts, Governor Dhadho Godhana’s administration has proposed an eco-village program that aims to relocate residents from flood-prone areas. He drilled boreholes to encourage residents to settle in the clusters of Handampia, Baomo and Mwina.
Ibrahim Salah, chairman of the county assembly land committee, assured stakeholders that the assembly will speed up the process of approving the plan once it is completed.